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Mushkin Redline Lumina DDR4-3600 C16 Review: The Single-Rank Handicap

Aesthetics outshines performance

Mushkin Redline Lumina DDR4-3600 C16
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Our Verdict

The Redline Lumina DDR4-3600 C16 kit suffers from a single-rank design, putting it at a disadvantage against conventional 32GB (2x16GB) dual-rank memory kits.

For

  • + Good aesthetics
  • + Overclocking headroom

Against

  • - Single-rank design
  • - High XMP voltage
  • - Pricey

Admittedly, Mushkin had been absent from the memory game for a bit. Make no mistake, though, the brand is one of the veteran memory vendors, and now it's getting back into the game with a new series of DDR4 memory kits. The Redline Lumina lineup is designed for the latest Intel and AMD platforms with capacities spanning 16GB (2x8GB) to 64GB (2x32GB) and frequencies up to DDR4-4133, positioning Mushkin is to compete with the best RAM on the market.

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Redline Lumina memory modules have a black PCB with a matching aluminum heat spreader. In addition, a silver strip with a diamond cut edge pattern helps highlight the heat spreader's black exterior. Unsurprisingly, the memory modules pridefully carry the Mushkin, Redline, and Lumina logos. 

The Redline Lumina is very compact, measuring 37.5mm (1.48 inches) tall, so we don't the Redline Lumina having any problems fitting underneath CPU air coolers. In addition, Mushkin offers users two ways to control the Redline Lumina's RGB illumination. You can use the included Mushkin RGB software or your motherboard's software. The memory is compatible with Asus Aura Sync, ASRock Polychrome, Gigabyte RGB Fusion, and MSI Mystic Light.

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Each memory module is 16GB and features a single-rank design and an eight-layer PCB. Thaiphoon Burner couldn't detect the type of integrated circuits (ICs) Mushkin uses for the Redline Lumina DDR4-3600 C16. However, given the single-rank design, we suspect that the company is likely employing Micron ICs.

The Redline Lumina defaults to DDR4-2666 at 19-19-19-43. XMP 2.0 support is present; however, there's only one profile. The DDR4-3600 profile sets the timings to 16-19-19-39 and 1.4V. It's not a life-threatening voltage, but it will certainly put enthusiasts on edge, especially for a DDR4-3600 memory kit with loose timings. For more on timings and frequency considerations, see our PC Memory 101 feature, as well as our How to Shop for RAM story.

Comparison Hardware

Memory KitPart NumberCapacityData RatePrimary TimingsVoltageWarranty
GeIL Orion AMD EditionGAOR432GB4266C18ADC2 x 16GBDDR4-4266 (XMP)18-24-24-44 (2T)1.45 VoltsLifetime
G.Skill Trident Z RoyalF4-4000C17D-32GTRGB2 x 16GBDDR4-4000 (XMP)17-18-18-38 (2T)1.40 VoltsLifetime
Crucial Ballistix Max RGBBLM2K16G40C18U4BL2 x 16GBDDR4-4000 (XMP)18-19-19-39 (2T)1.35 VoltsLifetime
Patriot Viper Elite IIPVE2432G400C0K2 x 16GBDDR4-4000 (XMP)20-26-26-46 (2T)1.40 VoltsLifetime
G.Skill Trident Z NeoF4-3600C16D-32GTZN2 x 16GBDDR4-3600 (XMP)16-16-16-36 (2T)1.35 VoltsLifetime
Mushkin Redline LuminaMLA4C360GKKP16GX22 x 16GBDDR4-3600 (XMP)16-19-19-39 (2T)1.40 voltsLifetime
Klevv Bolt XRKD4AGU880-36A180C2 x 16GBDDR4-3600 (XMP)18-22-22-42 (2T)1.35 VoltsLifetime
Silicon Power Xpower Zenith RGBSP032GXLZU360BDD2 x 16GBDDR4-3600 (XMP)18-22-22-42 (2T)1.35 VoltsLifetime
Lexar HadesLD4BU016G-R3600UDLH2 x 16GBDDR4-3600 (XMP)18-22-22-42 (2T)1.35 VoltsLifetime
Patriot Viper Steel RGBPVSR432G360C0K2 x 16GBDDR4-3600 (XMP)20-26-26-46 (2T)1.35 VoltsLifetime
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The Intel system employs the Intel Core i9-10900K and Asus ROG Maximus XII Apex, which operates on the 0901 firmware. On the opposite side, the AMD system consists of the AMD Ryzen 9 5900X and the Asus ROG Crosshair VIII Dark Hero. The latter is on the 3501 firmware. The MSI GeForce RTX 2080 Ti Gaming Trio takes care of the graphical RAM benchmarks, such as gaming.

Intel SystemAMD System
ProcessorIntel Core i9-10900KAMD Ryzen 9 5900X
MotherboardAsus ROG Maximus XII ApexAsus ROG Crosshair VIII Dark Hero
Graphics CardMSI GeForce RTX 2080 Ti Gaming X TrioMSI GeForce RTX 2080 Ti Gaming X Trio
StorageCrucial MX500 500GB, 2TBCrucial MX500 500GB, 2TB
CoolingCorsair Hydro H115i ProCorsair Hydro H115i Pro
Power SupplyCorsair RM650x 650WCorsair RM650x 650W
CaseStreacom BC1Streacom BC1

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The memory kit ranged from second to last on the Intel application performance chart. The memory was only faster than the GeIL Orion AMD Edition DDR4-4266 C18. In terms of gaming performance, the memory kit landed in the middle of the pack.

AMD Performance

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The Redline Lumina didn't take off on the AMD platform, either. Nonetheless, the memory kit improved its position just a little bit. It performed the best in the Microsoft Office workload where it was only behind the fastest memory kit by a hair.

Overclocking and Latency Tuning

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Mushkin's memory kit hit a wall at DDR4-4100, which was very respectable for a DDR4-3600 memory kit. It already draws 1.4V at XMP, therefore, we upped the voltage to 1.45V for some headroom. It was easy getting to DDR4-4100, too. All we had to do was bump the CAS Latency (CL) from 16 up to 17 cycles.

Lowest Stable Timings

Memory KitDDR4-3600 (1.45V)DDR4-3800 (1.45V)DDR4-4100 (1.45V)DDR4-4133 (1.45V)DDR4-4200 (1.45V)
G.Skill Trident Z Neo DDR4-3600 C1613-14-14-35 (2T)N/AN/AN/A19-19-19-39 (2T)
Klevv Bolt XR DDR4-3600 C1816-19-19-39 (2T)N/AN/A18-22-22-42 (2T)N/A
Mushkin Redline Lumina DDR4-3600 C1616-17-17-37 (2T)N/A17-19-19-39 (2T)N/AN/A
Patriot Viper Steel RGB DDR4-3600 C2016-20-20-40 (2T)17-26-26-46 (2T)N/AN/AN/A

While the Redline Lumina was impressive in our overclocking tests, it wasn't very cooperative when we tried tightening its timings. At DDR4-3600 and 1.45V, the CL wouldn't go lower than 16 cycles. However, the tRCD, tRP and tRAS worked fine at 17-17-37.

Bottom Line

Single-rank 16GB memory modules are becoming more and more common nowadays. It's a shame because both Intel and AMD processors benefit from four memory ranks, which means putting at least two 16GB dual-rank memory modules together. The performance hit from single-rank DIMMs isn't overly significant in some cases, but it's clearly visible in the performance charts.

Due to its single-rank design, the Redline Lumina DDR4-3600 C16 simply couldn't compete with its dual-rank rivals even if they had inferior memory timings, such as the Klevv Bolt XR DDR4-3600 C18. Mushkin's memory kit is available through Amazon with a $199.99 price tag, so it's on the pricier side. The Redline Lumina DDR4-3600 C16 might be worth your consideration if you fall for its aesthetics or find it on sale. Otherwise, it's hard to justify the purchase.